Saskatoon is located in the Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The name Saskatchewan comes from kisiskatchewan, a Cree name meaning "swiftly flowing river." Saskatchewan is referred to as the "Land of Living Skies" with breathtaking blue skies, more than 100,000 lakes and beautiful prairie landscapes.
Saskatoon is a rapidly growing city with a population of about 250,000. Saskatoon offers the services and facilities of a large city in the friendly environment of a small town. It is situated on the South Saskatchewan River. The paved pathways of the Meewasin Valley Trail follow the river through the city. Pedestrians, cyclists and skiers have full access to the trail system and the parks and the natural areas that surround it.
Saskatoon is a welcoming and vibrant city. It boasts a diverse population that provides excellent academic, artistic, and recreational opportunities. Galleries, festivals, sports events and concerts provide year-round entertainment.
Saskatoon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, receiving an average of 2,381 hours annually. The city experiences four distinct seasons, allowing time to enjoy the hot sun and play in the snow.
- Spring is moderate and wet (April, May)
- Summer is hot and dry (June to August)
- Autumn is cool and comfortable (September, October)
- Winter is cold with snow (November to March)
To enjoy our prairie winter, we suggest students bring (or plan to purchase) a warm coat, knitted wool hat (toque), gloves or mittens, scarf and sweaters. Lightweight clothing is popular in the summer. In spring and autumn, when weather is cool, sweaters and a lightweight coat are most comfortable.
Students in Saskatoon Public Schools do not wear uniforms to school. Canadian students normally dress casually for school – long pants or jeans are acceptable for both men and women.
Homes, schools, buses and public buildings are all properly equipped with heating or air conditioning to provide year-round comfort regardless of outside temperature.
For more information visit Discover Saskatoon, the City of Saskatoon and Tourism Saskatchewan. Photos courtesy Discover Saskatoon.